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There are many ways to measure a country’s progress. It’s not limited to economic growth or per capita income, or even lifespan. A new study looks at a different measure — and the United States is slipping while China is gaining ground.

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Severe weather is dominating national headlines—from Hurricane Irma’s move toward Florida to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It’s also bringing closer attention to the potential effects of climate change. And a new report from the World Bank highlights particular risks in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Mariamichelle / Pixabay

Tourism is not only Hawai‘i’s top economic sector, it’s a growing business in many parts of the world. And that includes Indonesia—which has great ambitions and is getting some help from the World Bank. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Jenny Scott / Flickr

Debate on the future of electricity in Hawaii continues following the decision by the PUC earlier this summer to reject HECO's proposed merger with NextEra.  In particular over how to reach the goal of 100% renewable generation by 2045.  But, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, the situation for many of our pacific island neighbors is much more basic.

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  The economies of East Asia should close out 2014 with another year of solid growth, although activity is slowing down. That’s the word from the World Bank, which has updated its economic forecast for this year and next. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.